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(Updated    July 24  2017
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.235billion (1235 million)
Mobiles    1211 million 
Landlines: 24 million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:   296 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless : 276 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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Virtual and Augmented Reality have trickled down to the smartphone
Banking & financial sector summit will bring industry leaders to Mumbai
Banking & financial sector summit will bring industry leaders to Mumbai
Google remembers the man who predicted the Internet
Subtle shift seen in Indian supercomputing mission
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Virtual and Augmented Reality have trickled down to the smartphone
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Virtual and Augmented Reality have trickled down to the smartphone
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Banking & financial sector summit will bring industry leaders to Mumbai
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Moto E4 and E4 Plus go back to basics
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  Banking & financial sector summit will bring industry leaders to Mumbai
Bangalore, India, July 26 2017:  A summit on innovation in the banking and financial sector is being held in Mumbai in September, bringing together  technology heads and decision makers in the industry. The 6th Edition of BFSI Innovation & Technology Summit on  September 14,  will see participation from SBI Bank, HDFC Bank, DBS Bank Ltd, Kotak Securities Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd. ....
Virtual and Augmented Reality have trickled down to the smartphone
VR here --  on your phone! By   Vishnu Anand Bangalore, July 26 2017: Till fairly recently,  Virtual Reality -- the computer simulation of 3-D imagery  which immerses users and let them control it -- and Augmented Reality -- enhancing the physical world with simulated  sound, video and graphics -- were  out-of-reach options. ....
Subtle shift seen in Indian supercomputing mission
Task split into 3 phases starting with import of 6  machines, followed by  indigenous manufacture of  switches and networks. ...
Jio to tap the fortune at the bottom of the mobile phone pyramid
Mumbai, July 22, 2017: In a move seen as disrupting the  bottom of the mobile phone market, Reliance Industries, who rolled out the Jio  service a year ago, have followed up with a compelling offering for erstwhile feature phone users. ...
Google remembers the man who predicted the Internet
Doodle marks 106th birthday of media guru Marshall McLuhan July 21 2017:  Google has replaced its logo on the search page today with a doodle to mark the 106th birth anniversary of Marshall McLuhan ( 1911-1980),  Canada-born academic and media guru, the man who  with startling prescience, seemed to predict the Internet and the Information Age, 30 years before it happened. ...

Education and e-learning
Play games and learn the Playablo way!
Bangalore, July 20, 2017: Playablo, a Bangalore-based startup that provides  gamified learning and skill assessment platform for CBSE and ICSE students of grades 1 to 5, has tied up with Unnati, a Bangalore-based NGO  to help re-skill young adults. ....
IIT Madras is top team at Analog Devices' Anveshan 2017
Bangalore, June 22 2017: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Madras, is the winning team at Anveshan 2016-17, University Design Fellowship Programme of Analog Devices, Inc., , for its project ‘IoT Based Virtual Physiotherapy with Biofeedback'. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
McAfee study points to dangers of public Wifi while on holiday
Digital Detox – Unwind, Relax and Unplug Before consumers head out to enjoy their holidays,  they need  to understand the risks and threats associated with using internet-connected when travelling and how to avoid them. Bangalore, July 20 2017: According to a recent McAfee study, Digital Detox: Unwind, Relax and Unplug, only 43% of survey respondents went on vacation in the last year with the intent to unplug. ....
The future role of technology in travel and tourism hinges on AI, AR, VR and mobile apps
  Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality will hugely improve destination marketing -- but will not substitute for real, live tourists. Tourism websites  are nearing the end of their utility -- as mobile apps becoming all-consuming July 8 2017: Outgoing World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) President & CEO David Scowsill has shared what he sees are the trends shaping the future of Travel & Tourism, with  TravelNews Daily. ....

Aster healthcare group launches an app for the Golden Hour
New Delhi, May 28, 2017: Leading  India and UAE healthcare chain Aster, has launched an app  that aims to save lives during the so-called Golden Hour. The Aster Emergency App ( Android link here)  provides a real-time interface between the patient in emergency and a GPS-enabled Aster ‘Responder’. ....
LiveHealth grows to cover 450 diagnostic centres in India
April 16 2017: A Pune based health care startup founded in November 2013   has grown to cover 450 centres in 43 cities in India, serving  600,000 patients.  LiveHealth  delivers medical records to patients on their mobiles, and connects them to healthcare providers in their city,  creating a smooth and seamless  ecosystem for well being. ....
PSTakeCare is an app for that surgical journey
Bangalore, December 4 2016: Developed by Takecare Technology Pvt. Ltd,  PSTakeCare is an Android health app that provides end-to-end assistance for patients who need to undergo a surgery. ...

Product Pulse
Moto E4 and E4 Plus go back to basics
 Two new Moto devices,  with stock Android and long-lasting battery. Pretty much like the good old days.Bangalore, July 18 2017: Ultra-fast fingerprint sensors with a unibody design frame made from aviation-grade aluminum, with  cameras in the front, back and sides! This is a (slightly exaggerated) version of how smart phone companies brand their products these days. ....
Samsung Galaxy On Max is aimed at photo enthusiasts
Bangalore, July 18 2017: Today every person   with  a smart-phone can be called a photographer and most of our social media posts are filled with pictures of people, places, animals, food, etc.  We need a device with good camera features that is at least  on par with semi-professional DSLRs. ....
A high-five to OnePlus 5!
Bangalore, July 7 2017: Our expectations from smartphones are getting higher and higher these days, as they have become our go-to devices for most day-to-day tasks. ...

IT's for you
  Robots are writing the news!
Google is funding a project where  1000 news stories a day will be auto-generated.  But US media is already ahead in this game. Bangalore July 20 2017: From Hollywood classics like "The Front Page", to  Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman   unraveling Watergate in "All the President's Men" to   our own Seema/Sridevi trying  to unmask "Mr India",  the journalist pounding  away on a typewriter ( or latterly at a desktop PC) is the very stereotype of  how news stories are written. ....
Global startup contest coming to Delhi this month
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 6 2017: Seedstars World, the global startup competition in emerging markets organised by Seedstars, brought its 2016 round to a successful close at the Seedstars Summit, hosted at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. ....
Speech technology expert C-Zentrix spreads its wings
New Delhi, April 26 2017: Gurgaon-headquartered communication management provider C-Zentrix,   has carved outr a niche for itself in the evolving business of  speech technologies for  contact centres. ...
Cool graphic designer tool
Bangalore, April 11 2017: The camera on the smartphone is turning us all, into photo artists. Suddenly, even the least artistically inclined among us, needs to tweak or clean up selfies, prepare images for Facebook covers or Twitter headers. ...
Big Data in Telecom industry, will be focus of Singapore summit
Singapore, March 26 2017: “Big data and analytics-related services continue to gain traction among local businesses, with the Asia Pacific excluding Japan market expected to grow from $3. ...

IT people
  Nitin Kunkolienkar is new MAIT President
New Delhi, April 13, 2017:  Nitin Kunkolienker, Director and  Member on Board,  at Synegra EMS Ltd is to be the new President of MAIT, the apex body representing India’s IT hardware, training and R&D service sectors. Nitin has been part of the MAIT’s management team in the past and has had a string of successful associations with various industry bodies starting off with Verna Industries Association (VIA), he has also headed diverse industry and social organizations like Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), Vidya Vikas Mandal (VVM), Goa Management Association (GMA) and now will be succeeding Ms Debjani Ghosh for a President’s role at MAIT. ....
Ninad Karpe to advise money management app, Slonkit
Mumbai April 13, 2017: Ninad Karpe, former MD and CEO of Aptech, has joined the Board of Sienna Systems to advise its flagship brand Slonkit, India’s first money management app linked to a physical VISA card,  that helps youngsters to learn the art of smart money management from a very early age. ....
Technopreneur Krishna Yarlagadda on board at Smartron
Bangalore, March 21, 2017: Indian tech OEM and IoT company,  Smartron,  has announced that  eminent technocrat and serial entrepreneur Krishna Yarlagadda, has come on board  as an investor and strategic advisor. ...

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Layoff fear creates opportunities for online professional courses
As Indian IT services companies gear up to embrace new technologies like automation, artificial intelligence, big data and cloud to meet client demands, the need for reskilling and upskilling is growing. Over the years, the IT industry has faced the challenge of finding right talent as the technology landscape is undergoing rapid changes.Betting big on this opportunity, a group of online learning and education start-ups are providing digital courses to individual employees and corporates to help them get skilled and become future-ready employees. These companies provide both offline and online curricula that enable working professionals pursue various courses....THE HINDU  June 18 2017

Indian Healthcare's big leap
Emerging from the realms of science fiction anad academia, innovations in AI, VR and other technologies are advancing healthcare in India to new frontiers... ECONOMIC TIMES June 9 2017

Thumbs Rule! Indian gaming industry
As its market crosses $540 million in India,  gaming is the most powerful entity in entertainment, invading familiar pop culture and throwing up amazing careers.... New Sunday Express, Jun 11 2017


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